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10 Idioms based on Transport

These are English idioms based on transport. You can also try this Transport Idioms Quiz

Click on any idiom for more information, including example sentences, notes and quizzes.

Idioms

a roller coaster | a roller-coaster ride

You can say an experience is a roller coaster, or a roller-coaster ride, if it involves many emotional highs and lows, or really good times alternating with really difficult times.

a zebra crossing British English

A zebra crossing is a pedestrian crossing that is marked on the road with painted black and white stripes.

burn your bridges | burn your boats

You have burned your bridges, or burned your boats, if you were in a situation and you then left it after doing something that made it impossible to go back there.

cross that bridge when we come to it

You can say "we'll cross that bridge when we come to it" if someone mentions a problem that might occur in the future, but you want them to think about what's happening now instead.

jump on the bandwagon

If someone jumps on the bandwagon, they join a movement or follow a fashion that has recently become popular.

plain sailing

If something is plain sailing, it's very easy to do and there are no problems to overcome.

put the brakes on

If you put the brakes on something, you stop it or slow it down.

rock the boat Informal

If you rock the boat, you do or say something that will upset people by changing a situation that they don't want changed.

steer clear of

If you steer clear of something, you don't go near it because it could harm you or cause you a problem.

upset the applecart

If you upset the applecart, you do something that causes trouble or upsets someone's plans.

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